Thursday, May 5, 2011

Penang Free WiFi ( whisper :Not So Free!!)

" Yesterday, without the pomp and pageantry of the RM11.3b High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project that Najib Razak gave to Telekom Malaysia (TM), Penang took a modest step to realise almost the same dream at near-zero cost... Wireless@PENANG.
Component One of the Wireless@PENANG project is Penang Free WiFi, running on IEEE 802.11, that targets the community at large, including the lesser served areas and lower income group.




Read The Star today for a glimpse of the wireless Internet model we adopt, and the initial spread of service coverage areas:
  1. The initiative is 100% private sector-driven, with nearly no cost put in by the state government. 
  2. Equal opportunity: There are no rights to exclusivity in order to promote healthy competition.
  3. All qualified and recognised industry players with good track records are welcome to participate as partners in the Wireless@PENANG project.

The Penang state government will play the role of a facilitator to fast-track the roll-out.
Next Thursday, we will give Penang a preview of Component Two: WiMAX@PENANG, the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access platform that runs on IEEE 802.16.
To make Penang dynamic again, we want Penangites to be the first and the best. No reinventing the wheel. Just market-driven equal playing field to weed out monopoly.

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